Written By Braddon S. Williams
BE-BOP DELUX- Sunburst Finnish
In addition to sporting one of the most striking covers ever, Sunburst Finish (1975) by Be-Bop Deluxe is full of great music by a British band that never quite made it to the success they deserved.
Led by Bill Nelson, who sang lead vocals, played lead guitar (brilliantly!), and composed the lion’s share of their music, Be-Bop Deluxe were known variously as art rock, glam rock, progressive rock, and just a damn fine rock ‘n roll band.
Nelson wrote in a futuristic style lyrically, touching on elements of sci-fi and with a flair for the poetic.
His song titles draw the listener in with expectations of mysterious happenings: Blazing Apostles, Sleep That Burns, Crying To The Sky, Ships In The Night, Like An Old Blues, Life In The Air Age, Beauty Secrets, Fair Exchange, and Crystal Gazing are all full of melody and quirky beauty (and magnificent guitar work) which totally won me over.
When you see a picture of a beautiful naked woman holding a burning guitar over her head, you sort of demand the music to be special…and Be-Bop Deluxe fulfills that wish.